Publication Date: April 12, 2013
Theodore Crane is a neglected 12-year-old who wants to be something great. He has a need to grow beyond his walls. What Theodore doesn’t realize is the epic adventure that awaits him in the unknown vastness of space and the danger posed from an enemy determined to harm him.
One reviewer on Amazon.com cites “small and incredibly annoying errors” in the text. Punctuation, proper use of wording, etc… . I noticed none of these errors. Realistically, I’m no mental giant when it comes to punctuation, but whatever errors there might have been were just too minor to bother me. What Tew presents the reader in [easyazon-link asin=”1482547589″ locale=”us”]The Acolytes of Crane[/easyazon-link] is a measured but unpredictable story and that brought this reader into the moment from the start.
To call Theodore’s life bleak at the start of the story is an understatement. He is starving for love, acceptance and friendship. As Theodore heads into the second part of the novel and the vastness of space, a science fiction world that is wonderfully constructed opens to the reader. Readers of this blog will know what a fan I am of “Dr. Who”. The Dietons are very Who-like. Their job is to travel all over the universe and collect emotional data—memories, decisions and life experiences. The baddie in the story is a little contrived but once his role within the story is developed, he seems like a perfect candidate.
There are points where the story tends to drag. Tew over-explains details that might have been better shown and he gives characters overly complex monologues. Overall [easyazon-link asin=”1482547589″ locale=”us”]The Acolytes of Crane[/easyazon-link] is a unique and beautifully constructed novel. The characters are well described and developed. Tew’s new world is detailed and wonderful. There is a precision to the movement of plot that is to be respected. Despite points where plot movement is weighed down, Tew keeps the story on track.[easyazon-link asin=”1482547589″ locale=”us”]The Acolytes of Crane[/easyazon-link] is Tew’s first outing in the literary world and I am looking forward to the next novel from this talented new author.
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